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24th Guards Brigade Operations August 1944 to May 1945. 76pp., dup. typescript, foolscap., 10 lge. fldg. & cold. maps. Trieste. 1945  #57367
[HLMainPic] SECRET, Copy No. 16 of 200 copies printed at Trieste in July 1945. Excellent contemp. intelligence report on the crossing of the Arno & advance to the Gothic Line by this Brigade, the battles of the Argenta Gap, advance to the Po & the concluding operations of the Bde. in Italy. It consisted of 5th Grenadiers, 3rd Coldstream, 1st Scots Gds., support units (RA, RE &c.) & other units periodically under command such as 4/13 FF Rifs. (Wildes), Royal Natal Carbiniers, &c. Detailed narrative, tabulated casualties, staff lists & a distribution list at the end (just 95 copies accounted for in this list). Orig. printed card wraps. with cloth backstrip, stamped "SECRET" on Contents page together with "16" (i.e. the number of this issue), small, neat IWM withdrawn stamp inside rear cover. VG & of course rare. See illustration on our website.   £475
Christopher Gilbert Ford, 1910-1944: A Memoir. 1st Ed., [iii]+59pp., portrait frontis., 5 plates. Printed for Private Circulation. 1957  #40346
Memoir & letters from the Middle East, KiA Italy 28th Jan. 1944 at Anzio whilst a company commander, 5th Bn. Grenadier Guards. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG with inscrip. & letter from the subject's brother inserted.   £15
Italy & Abyssinia. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 53pp., 8 photos., map. Rome: Societa Edtritice di Novissima. [1936].  #58071
[HLMainPic] Rather uncommon Italian propagandist work in which she attempts to justify her colonial policy in Ethiopia via historical reference, recent events &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
La Guerra. Volume Sesto, L'Aeronautica; Volume Settimo, L'Albania; Volume Ottavo, La Carnia; Volume Nono, Armi e Munizioni; Volume Decimo, La Macedonia. Vols. 6-10 of the series bound together: [320]pp., 4to., containing 541 photos. in all, as follows: Vol. VI, 118 photos., Vol. VII, 117 photos. + col. fldg. map; Vol VIII, 98 photos; Vol. IX, 125 photos; Vol. X, 83 photos. & col. map. Milano: Tip. Treves. 1916/1917.  #57535
[HLMainPic] From the publisher's series of fine photo. plates on war themes. Presented here are Aeronautica, containing many interesting photos. of aircraft, airmen & ancillary equipment; Albania, with a superb range of photos. on this front; Carnia ditto; Arms & Munitions, including fine images of munitions plants, forges, artillery pieces & other weapons; Macedonia, being a fine range of photos. of scenes on this front. Each part has a short intro. & an index of plates at end. Publisher's orig. cream leather with brown leather bands, leather lettering labels to sp., dec. silk endpapers, chipped & rubbed but overall sound. See illustrations on our website.   £85
Operations of British, Indian & Dominion Forces in Italy, 3 September 1943 to 2 May 1945. Part V. Administrative Monographs. 4. O2E Papers. IV, Employment of Italian Co-operators (from O2E point of view); V, Handling of Enemy & Surrendered Enemy Personnel After the General Surrender. 1st Ed., approx. 50pp., foolscap, dup. typescript, num. fldg. tables. British Historical Section, Central Mediterranean. nd (c.1945).  #53309
[HLMainPic] Very rare contemp. official & CONFIDENTIAL intelligence report on operations in Italy. This volume contains much detail on employment of Italian PoWs in Pioneers Companies &c.. Orig. grey printed paper covd. boards with blue cloth backstrip, excellent original state, near fine, with oval ink stamp to front of Air Historical Branch, Air Ministry, & small IWM withdrawn stamp to front paste-down. See illustration on our website.   £125
Operations of British, Indian & Dominion Forces in Italy, 3 September 1943 to 2 May 1945. Part V. Administrative Monographs. 5, The Problem of Desertion; 6, Leave to UK; 7, Rest Camps; 8, Compassionate Postings; 9, The Problem of Marriage; 10, Repatriation of British & Allied PW at the End of Hostilities; 11, Employment of Co-operators in the Italian Camaign; 12, Veterinary & Remount Service; 13, Medical Papers. 1st Ed., approx. 60pp. in all, foolscap, dup. typescript. British Historical Section, Central Mediterranean. nd (c.1945).  #53310
[HLMainPic] Very rare contemp. official & CONFIDENTIAL intelligence report on operations in Italy. This interesting volume contains much detail on the subjects stated in the title. Orig. grey printed paper covd. boards with blue cloth backstrip, excellent original state, near fine, with oval ink stamp to front of Air Historical Branch, Air Ministry, & small IWM withdrawn stamp to front paste-down. See illustration on our website.   £145
Red Eagles: The Story of the 4th Indian Division. Orig. dec. wraps., 44pp., photos. throughout, maps. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd  #57516
[HLMainPic] Illustrated record of the the division's exploits in Tunisia, Italy & Greece. Little creased, VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
The B Line: Magazine of B Squadron 48th Bn. R.T.R., Souvenir Number. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 36pp., 4to, photos. & sketch maps. Hounslow: Cedar Press. 1945  #57968
[HLMainPic] This final edition contains diary of the Squadron's history 1939-45 (campaigns in Tunisia & Italy), list of personnel, named group photos., Roll of Hon., awards, &c. No history of the unit has been published. Rare. See illustration on our website.   £85
The Note-book of a Lieutenant in the Italian Campaign: Robert Dalzell Dillon Thomas, Lieutenant, Grenadier Guards. 1st Ed., [iii]+38pp. Privately printed. nd (c.1946).  #40502
[HLMainPic] Thomas was Ed. at Sherborne & Oxford, joined Grenadier Guards 1942 & KiA in Italy in August 1944. Contains a short memoir, a selection of his poetry, diary extracts during voyage to the Med. & landing at Salerno ("Huge ship... saloons like London restaurants, draughty sitting rooms, very bad loud speakers which broadcast inaudible news bulletins..."). Orig. blue cloth, gilt, very sl. spotting to front o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
BARNETT (Lt.-Col. G.H., CMG, DSO) With the 48th Division in Italy. 1st Ed., [xiv]+162pp., 8 photos. (one a fldg. panorama), 2 fldg. maps. Blackwood. 1923  #58161
[HLMainPic] Author was AA&QMG of the Div. 1917-19. "These reminiscences are personal, but as their writer was senior administrative officer on the staff of the 48th Division in Italy, they give a clear idea of its task. There is a good account of trench warfare conditions on the lofty Asiago plateau, & of the final offensive, during which the 48th was the only British division left in the mountains." - Falls. Orig. black cloth, gilt to sp., divisional patch to front, little speckled o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125

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